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Hotel Adler in Old Town Zürich: quaint Swissness

Art abounds at the Hotel Adler. Explore the city’s historic areas in lovely yesteryear wall murals in the charming hotel, first mentioned in chronicles in 1357. Located right in the heart of Old Town, guests can then retrace all these historic places on foot all around them. >
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Swiss National Day August 1, in- & outside Switzerland

If you're in Switzerland this Swiss National Day on August 1: do I have a great program suggestion for you! If you're abroad, the Swiss National Holiday is also celebrated by a Swiss organization near you. Around the globe, from Sri Lanka to Berne and Tokyo to Bümpliz, the Swiss are celebrating with gusto! >
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Dettling Kirsch - the world's finest cherry brandy

One of the top three distilleries in the world, Swiss Dettling Kirsch - located in the village of Brunnen on Lake Lucerne (8,280 inhabitants) - was awarded the title "World Class Distillery" and "Distillery of the Year" in perfect time for their 150th anniversary. >
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Zürich to Milan via the new Gotthard Base Tunnel

There are several ways to cross Switzerland from north to south, and they are all beautiful! Guest writer Sandra Grote shares the reasons for her choice and her experience. With a great video of the Gotthard Base tunnel. >
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Oeschinen Lake - UNESCO World Cultural Heritage region

Explore hidden gem Oeschinen Lake in the Bernese Alps with these insider-tips from Swiss Wanderlust guest writer Thomas Kalau. He recently visited this little-known area with his family and describes the special places and other activities not to be missed. >
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Beromünster Radioweg

Wayside sounds from Switzerland's radio history walk. Seven red radio boxes entertain, amaze and enlighten hikers on their walk through unspoilt forest and farming areas, moderately up the hill and heavily down memory lane! >
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Bauer Fritz - Idyllic farm B&B near Luzern

On a gorgeous high plateau with breathtaking views for miles in every direction lies Bauer Fritz organic family farm. Here, at the end of a country road, Fritz and Janine Neuenschwander run a blissful B&B. >

Zürich wine region: vineyards, white asparagus and wilderness

Off the main roads, nestled between rivers Rhine and Thur, lies an enchanting rolling hills landscape: Flaach valley with medieval castle vineyards, quaint eateries on asparagus farms and Thurauen Nature center. All within thirty minutes drive north of the city of Zürich. >
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Appenzell Landsgemeinde - Open-air Parliament in Appenzell

Since 1403, Appenzell Landsgemeinde takes place under the roof of the open sky. Late spring, three thousand voters assemble on the town square to elect the local government. Each man's sword can still be used as proof of voting eligibility. >
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Sechseläuten in Zürich

Four days of entertaining and explosive fun, Sechseläuten is the people of Zürich's beloved spring celebration with the Böög (winter, studded with many crackers), burnt on top of a bonfire. Historic costume parades, music, glittering balls, lantern walks are just a few more of the events. >
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Pegasus Zürich where Easter bunnies & Santas rendez-vous

Pegasus Zürich - hidden in the old town, just steps from famous Bahnhofstrasse, lies an enchanting store that delights your senses, gives wings to your imagination and beautifies your home. Mina Arnold selects unique home decor for all seasons with passion, love and a discerning eye. >

Glacier Express - legendary rail journey in total comfort

Over pristine mountains & meadows, across steep gorges and past quaint villages, Glacier Express astounds and delights with a wondrous, day-long journey across Switzerland. Starting at Zermatt or St. Moritz, it's called the slowest speed train in the world - and one of the most enjoyable! >
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Hotel Alpenblick Berne where guests return as friends

This three***-plus gem of a hotel in a quiet residential neighbourhood close to down-town Berne boasts comfortable, bright rooms, a warm atmosphere and a superb breakfast buffet. Add a cozy library, a charming outdoor terrace plus underground parking and you have an all-round winner! >
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Urbärn a cappella quartet sings gorgeous Swiss folk songs

Traditional Swiss folk music is on the rise again. The four Urbärn singers are classically trained musicians. Their recent concert captivated the audience and kept us spellbound with their haunting, funny and exuberating renditions of an incredibly diverse repertoire of Swiss songs in all four languages. >
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Zürich Zoo: Transition to Nature Conservation Center

Zürich Zoo's newest arrival, cute baby elephant girl Ruwani, is winning visitors hearts. The zoo is a great place to experience animals in an environment close to natural habitat. Impressive is the zoo's engagement with social and ecological sustainability projects around the globe. >
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Restaurant blindekuh: dining in pitch-black darkness

In the dark diningroom at blindekuh restaurant in Zürich or Basel you'll experience smell, taste, sound and other sensations in a completely new light. Beyond providing entertainment, the idea is to offer sighted people insight into the world of those who cannot see. >
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Rudy Canonica: Swiss shepherd in the Bernese highlands

Every year, between the months of November and March, Rudy Canonica walks his flock of six hundred sheep from pasture to pasture across the Bernese Highlands. With the help of a second shepherd, four donkeys and three dogs. At night, he sleeps in his caravan. >
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Gret Zellweger - Appenzell Multi-Talent Folk Artist

Growing up in rural Appenzell on a hill-top dairy farm without a car or ever going on holidays, Gret Zellweger's childhood days were filled to the brim. Today she finds new expressive ways to depict the traditional subjects of her beloved Appenzell region. >

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